Adult and Mature-Age Learners

Feel confident studying as an adult learner at a university dedicated to providing practical, flexible study options. Many of our students are mature-aged, so you'll join a community of like-minded individuals and enjoy the support of teaching staff who genuinely care about your study experience.

Flexible Learning Options 

We understand that mature-age students are often juggling life’s priorities and have many other commitments such as work, family, or personal responsibilities. That is why we offer a range of flexible learning options, including online and part-time study, to help you balance your studies with your other commitments. 

Credit for Prior Learning 

We recognise the value of your prior learning and experience. That’s why we have options to help you gain credit for skills and knowledge you’ve acquired through previous studies or work experience. This means you can fast-track your studies and reduce the time and cost required to complete your degree. 

Career-Focused Education 

Our courses are designed with industry input and are developed to provide you with practical and relevant skills to help you succeed in your chosen career. We also offer work-integrated learning opportunities that allow you to gain hands-on experience and connect with industry professionals. 

Seamless Pathways 

As a mature-age student, you have the advantage of experience or prior learning that you can build upon to further your education. We're proud to offer seamless pathways for you to start or continue your studies at the VET level through to postgraduate and research higher degrees. Plus, you might be eligible for credit for study you've already completed. 


We strive to provide affordable education and offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance options to help you achieve your educational goals. 

Dedicated Support Services 

We offer a range of support services to help you succeed in your studies. From academic support, including study skills and writing assistance, to personal support, such as counselling and career advice, our team is here to help you every step of the way. 

Preparation for Study

If its been some time since you studied you can build your confidence as a student with our Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS)  course.

Advance or Change Your Career

Whatever your career goals, we’re here to help. With options from short courses all the way through to research higher degrees, we’ve got you covered.

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    Once I got back into the hang of studying, I took to it quite well, and I didn't realise that I had the capacity to do so well in my course. I'm now looking at further study. I never saw myself as being someone who could do a PhD or a Masters and now I know that's something I could be capable of.

    Christie McLucas

    Bachelor of Music, CQUniCares Launch Scholarship Recipient

Supportive online study

Experience the flexibility and support you need with CQU’s online mode – honed over more than forty years delivering quality distance education.